Art Workshops and Training

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Art Classes in Manchester

We frequently run programmes of creative workshops open to anyone over the age of 16 (apart from Saturday Art Clubs and Family Ceramics which are open to younger participants). Spark your creativity with one of our sessions and learn a new skill, connect with others or continue your professional development! 

If you would like to receive an email when our new art classes in Manchester go live, you can sign up for the Public Creative Workshops mailing list here, and receive up-to-date, regular information about our exhibitions and events by subscribing to our Gallery Events mailing list. Or check here to see if we have any workshops now booking, alternatively, see below.

Please see cancellation policy and additional workshop-related information at the bottom of this page. Please visit here to check thast there are no events just scheduled that have not been listed below.

March – July 2020

Workshop Title
Time, Date
Price Details & Bookings
Drink N Doodle
£15 Monthly drawing social with a different theme each month. All abilities welcome from “can’t draw” to “can’t stop drawing!”. Details and bookings here.
6-Week Pottery Courses
£90 Developing hand building techniques such as thumb pots, coiling, slab building and decoration, Sharon will support you with your own ideas – if you have previously attended a course she will ensure that your pottery skills continue to grow! Price includes 2kg clay & firing. Details and bookings here.
Pottery Studio £10 per session Do you have some pottery skills but nowhere to practice? Come along to our monthly clay sessions and work on your own projects using our fantastic clay studio with the support of our fantastic Pottery Pioneers Team. Details and bookings here.
Monthly Saturday Art Clubs 11:00-15:30, Jan-July, Sept-Nov on the last Saturday of the month. Suggested £2 donation Adults & children welcome – arts activities are drop-in and run from 11:00-15:30. Click here for details.
Artist’s Networking Events £3-£5 Artist / facilitator and community group member networking. April – Creative Marketplace, June – bid writing training. Book here.
Coil a Ceramic Jar £55-£60 Explore earthenware coiling, a form of handbuilding to create a jar with ceramic artist Alison Waters. Click here for details.
Sewing for the Slightly Terrified: Zipped Bags £30-35 Do you own a sewing machine and would like to create a simple zipped bag? This workshop is just for you! Click here for details.

Pottery Plant Pots

£30-£35 By simply using your hands and basic tools you’ll make a lovely collection of pots! Click here for details.

Photography Fundamentals

£12-£15 Would you like to improve your photography to create art, for business, or simply for fun? Our marketing officer Lucie Fitzpatrick, a keen photographer with a critical eye for what makes photos more appealing, will talk you through fundamental theories of “better” photography, such as composition, points of interest and point of view.Click here for details.
Wire Butterfly Sculpture £12 Draw in 3D! Hand make your very own bespoke wire butterfly that can be arranged to compliment any space, such in the garden, within your flower arrangement, resting on pottery or at home highlighting a wall space. Click here for details.
Family Ceramics: Fish Bowls and Portholes £15 Design, create and glaze a fantastic fish bowl or porthole plaque full of fish, plants and sea creatures!  Click here for details.
Macrame Necklace Workshop £30 We’re delighted to welcome guest artist Julia Roy-Williams from WONDERHAUS Jewellery for a half day Macramé Necklace Workshop where you’ll learn two macramé knots – the vertical larks head and the half square knot. Click here for details.
Design, Craft & Sew your Favourite Bird £30-£35 You will research the colours and shapes of your favourite bird and draw some initial designs. This design will form the basis to create patterns for your felt, cut out the shapes and stitch them together. Click here for details.
Wallpaper – An Introduction to Lino Block Printing £35 The workshops will introduce lino block printing for repeat pattern wallpaper. Learn about lino block design and carving, handprinting and pattern design. At the end of the two sessions, you will have created a large scale strip of wallpaper in addition to single-image prints on paper, greetings cards or whatever you choose to print onto…. Click here for details.
Ceramic Fish Canvas Art £35-£40 Learn one of the key methods for hand building known as slab-work with visiting ceramic artist Jeni from Lemon Studio. During the session you will be taught how to make a ceramic fish plaque, how to add surface design to the fishes and how to decorate your work using a variety of glazes. Click here for details.
Urban Photography £12-£15 Would you like to improve your outdoor photography? Join our marketing officer Lucie Fitzpatrick, a keen photographer with a inquisitive and creative eye who will dissect her own smartphone photography to inspire you! The group will then take a stroll to Stockport Old Town via St Petersgate, looking out for photo opportunities, chatting, discussing images and getting tips along the way.  Click here for details.
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If you have any questions about booking, after you have attended a workshop or you would like to suggest particular types of training or workshops held at the centre, please contact us via You will find detailed visitor information including for parking and transport here.
Workshop Refund & Cancellation Policy
If you need to cancel a workshop
Please check dates and times carefully before booking. We understand that some unforseen circumstances may arise, so if you are unable to attend your booked workshop and it’s more than 14 days in advance of the start date, then we will try to offer a transfer to an alternative date or workshop. We appreciate that it is not always possible to find someone who can buy your ticket from you and will refund your ticket.
If cancellation is within 14 days of your workshop I’m afraid we are unable to offer a refund due to the uncertainty of being able to fill the space at short notice.
We do understand that sometimes unforeseen circumstances may mean that you can’t attend so we are happy for you to send along a friend to take your place or to pass or sell it to somone – just let us know.
Our right to cancel a workshop
Should we need to cancel a workshop due to unforeseen circumstances, we will give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation. We will give you a full refund or if you prefer a transfer to an alternative available course, space permitting we will try to accommodate this.
Unfortunately, we cannot accept any liability for travel or other costs.
Tickets do not need to be printed.